The photo shows the spread we feasted on in December of 2008. This was held in our home and most of the food was brought in by the people who attended the party. It included a mixture of Chinese, Filipino, and Western cuisines. This is pretty much the usual banquet fare in most gatherings this part of the world.
Let me backtrack to 2008. It was the year Jimmy and I celebrated because we lost a total of 27 kgs (59.4 lbs) in weight. We were on top of the world because many of our friends followed us. We were so happy to have helped our friends achieve their desired weights. This was also the start of a great business in the health industry.
We were, and still are committed to a healthy lifestyle. At that time, we seldom ate out. I chose to serve roasted, steamed, boiled, or baked meals. I threw out all the junk food in the house, and completely outlawed soda and bottled juices. Water was our thirst quencher. We shunned buffet restaurants and ate out only on special occasions. We love to eat but refused what I called, “sinful food.”
People told us we were too thin. We kept hearing this comment to the point where it started to bug us. So, we started thinking, maybe, we really are too thin. Maybe, we can indulge a little bit.
So, we would sometimes indulge in “sinful food.” A slice of cake here, a beer there, some peanuts here, a crepe there. The sugar started creeping in ( not white, but brown)…surely, that’s okay?! Hmmm.
Furthermore, a friend loves to bake. My kitchen is her testing ground. Although we use organic, brown sugar, honey, type of ingredients, I noticed that after a year of eating these delightful goodies, we needed new clothes. Alarm bells started to ring. This can not go on. The fat menace slowly crept into our lifestyle, again.
So, we decided to go through the weight loss program one more time. Some people still think we are okay. But, we feel heavier and honestly, we really don’t like the feeling of not being able to get into our pants. I don’t like the feeling of my thighs kissing each other when I walk. I get heavy around the butt and thigh area. Jimmy’s belly is starting to show.
Unlike the last time where I refused to keep a diary of our adventure, this time, I have decided to chronicle our thoughts, feelings, and other matters in this blog.
We will start our weight loss journey when we get back from a business trip. Until then, I will be writing about whatever strikes my fancy until the day we start our weight management program.
It’s 18 days to go before Dragon Boat Festival! Get your eggs ready.